The St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen is a cooperative effort of many individuals and various groups who work together trying to respond to the unmet need of poverty and hunger in the Wyoming Valley.
St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen was founded as a program of Catholic Social Services in May 1983. This organization is the only mass-feeding program in Luzerne County and serves anyone in need of a meal without asking for proof of need or setting any guest restrictions. The kitchen serves approximately 350 guests daily, and they have never denied food to anyone who was hungry.
The kitchen is open daily between 11:00am and 1:00pm and also serves an evening meal on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00pm and 6:00 pm. In emergencies, those in need can fill out an application and receive food to go from the food bank. Additionally, there is a free clothing room at the kitchen that is open five days a week.
Clients can take whatever they need without charge or limit. St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen benefits from clothing, food and monetary donations, as well as volunteer services.